Domaine des Bosquets La Colline Gigondas 2018
- Rich, full-bodied
- Rhône Valley
Domaine des Bosquets in Gigondas have six centuries of wine-growing history, with the first vines planted in 1376. They are absolute masters of the craft, with a deep connection to the land of the greanche-famed region. ‘La Colline’ is one of their epic single vineyard wines, that sits at 350 metres above sea level.
This wine has a purity about it - it’s 100% grenache to start, and winemaking-wise, the juice was fermented in concrete and then aged in large format demi-muids. So, without any particular oak-influence, and the power in the wine comes purely from the fruit. It’s deep garnet in colour, with cherries and currants in the nose - both ripe and fresh. That beautiful and pure fruit is also apparent on the palate, which is plush and layered with fine tannin. We have no doubt that this wine has the potential for very long ageing.
“Coming from a tiny 1.5-hectare portion of clay and limestone soils and all old vine Grenache, the 2018 Gigondas La Colline is another gorgeous wine from this estate that strikes a balance between richness and elegance. More ruby-hued (these wines are never the deepest hued in Gigondas) and with a killer perfume of kirsch liqueur, framboise, herbes de Provence, chocolate, roasted herbs, and chalky minerality, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannins, no hard edges, and a gorgeous, heady finish. This cuvée is almost always the more powerful and concentrated in the lineup, yet in 2018 it shows the more elegant, seamless style of the vintage beautifully. It’s going to benefit from a year or two of bottle age and drink fabulous well for a decade.”
Full price $160.00 from the producer.
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- Rhône Valley
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 100% Grenache
- Serving Temp.
The Rhône Valley is a dichotomous beast. The North is ruled by Syrah (=Shiraz), with or without a touch of Viognier for perfume, while in the South you'll find all matter of blends such as those of Chateauneuf du Pape (about thirteen varieties in these on average, at last count...) and the origins of the GSM (heard of Côtes du Rhône?). The Northern Rhône is Australia's ultimate sparring partner in the 'we say Shiraz, you say Syrah' fencing match. With such famous names as Côtes-Rôtie, Gigondas and Crozes-Hermitage (remember when Grange was called Hermitage...?), you can bet your bottom dollar - and the few hundred that go with it - that you'll need to be ticking off a few of the better ones before you kick it. Don't discount the whites though. Some of the finest whites you'll ever try come from Condrieu (the most sensual Viognier you'll try, at a price), and the lesser (in cost, at least) blends, often based on Grenache Blanc or Viognier. And watch out for dry, Rhône rose - it's become so popular that the industry bodies are warning the region not to over-produce. Look out Kiwi Sav Blanc!